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Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Onion prices could spike again in Sept-Dec as govt’s short of buffer stock procurement target

The government had nearly doubled its buffer stock target to 1 lakh metric tonnes after last year’s price rise, but so far, it has only procured 45,000 MT.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wholesale vegetable prices soar as demand rises, retail rates to spike too if supply gap stays

Wholesale traders cite a nearly 20% increase in demand for vegetables as restaurants, dhabas, canteens and other eateries have opened since 1 June.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Govt lifts MEP, announces free export of all onion varieties from 15 March

In September 2019, the govt banned onion exports and also imposed an MEP of $ 850 per tonne, after prices started skyrocketing due to supply-demand mismatch.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Poor storage, panic imports, govt failures led to 2019 onion crisis. It could happen again

Excess monsoon destroyed the kharif onion crop, but there was much administrative failure that led to the prices crossing Rs 150 per kg.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

No one wants imported onions. So, Modi govt plans distress sale to states at Rs 10/kg

Govt spent Rs 226 crore to import the onions, but has only sold worth Rs 17-19 crore to the states.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Onion prices likely to fall this year as govt forecasts 7% rise in production

Onion prices had skyrocketed to Rs 100 per kg in several parts of the country last November due to a 30-40 per cent dip in its production.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Ashok Gulati’s onion ‘fiasco’ fix, where are women bankers asks Tamal Bandopadhyay

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Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Move over Chinese lights and toys, this New Year there will be onions from China

Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation has issued a tender to import 11,000 metric tonnes of onion, of which 4,000 MT was awarded to China.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s Great Onion Crisis of 2019 is coming to an end

Onion prices at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra are expected to plunge to about Rs 20-25 per kilogram from mid-January.
Vegetable vendors

Prices of potato, tomatoes, other vegetables also soar as winter rains damage crops

Farmers have already been roiled by the steep onion prices, currently being sold at Rs 100/kg. The govt has been working towards cooling prices, including banning exports.

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How Assam’s Goalpara jumped 58 points on the Aspirational District ranking during Covid-19

#HeroesOfTheDay campaigns, insurance for medical staff — Goalpara Deputy Commissioner, Varnali Deka, writes on how her district fought Covid and other crises.
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RBI confirms Sashidhar Jagdishan as next CEO of HDFC Bank

Sashidhar Jagdishan, currently working as 'change agent' of the largest private sector lender and head of finance, has been with HDFC Bank since 1996.

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Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.